How long forum posts hurt your forum marketing...

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Ever meet someone at a party or seminar who seems
to just talk and talk and talk? Full of info but not really
a blast to hang out with?

Isn't a forum kind of like a house party?

Would you want to be "that guy" at a house party?

I don't speak for everyone but I know the best forum
posts for me are the ones that are short, meaningful,
and highly relevant to me.
#forum #hurt #long #marketing #posts
  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    Sheesh, man. I started off interested in your post Justin, but you lost me by going on and on. Brevity, dude.

    This cuts both ways, in all seriousness. If you're always posting drive-by comments, you don't build any authority or a following. I think, as with most things, moderation. Throw in the occasional longer post full of juicy stuff. But not all the time or you will be that guy at the party who's a buzz kill.

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  • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
    A post, much like an article or book or any other form of content, should be as short or as long as required to convey the necessary information.

    At a party, is it that "the guy" talks and talks and talks that is the problem or that he is boring or telling you stuff you already know that is the real problem?

    There are some people you can listen to all day. They engage you. They keep you interested. They continue to feed you information you want and need.

    With other people, you're looking at your watch and thinking of a way to slip away quietly, or to remove yourself from the conversation without being rude.

    On a forum, however, it's no big deal. It's not rude to stop reading and skip to another post if the content doesn't interest you.
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    • Profile picture of the author Johnny12345
      Originally Posted by Dan C. Rinnert View Post

      At a party, is it that "the guy" talks and talks and talks that is the problem or that he is boring or telling you stuff you already know that is the real problem?
      Agreed. The question is whether they actually have something to say -- and know what they're talking about.

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    • Profile picture of the author Dave Rodman
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      I disagree with the premise of the post. That is that the way you post might hurt your marketing. To me, forums are a place to gather and discuss the a topic. Any business that comes out of that is a byproduct. So basically, say whatever you want...why worry about the marketing implications?

      But I am one of those people that doesn't really read many really long posts. So there are a few posters that just really go on, and on about every topic...they bold, they underline, they use italics. Some things it's necessary, but geez...learn to express yourself in a few less words (for your own sake!)
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    • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
      Originally Posted by Dan C. Rinnert View Post

      A post, much like an article or book or any other form of content, should be as short or as long as required to convey the necessary information.

      At a party, is it that "the guy" talks and talks and talks that is the problem or that he is boring or telling you stuff you already know that is the real problem?

      There are some people you can listen to all day. They engage you. They keep you interested. They continue to feed you information you want and need.

      With other people, you're looking at your watch and thinking of a way to slip away quietly, or to remove yourself from the conversation without being rude.

      On a forum, however, it's no big deal. It's not rude to stop reading and skip to another post if the content doesn't interest you.
      Heck. I don't even read comments this long...^^^
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      • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
        Originally Posted by thebitbotdotcom View Post

        Heck. I don't even read comments this long...^^^
        Here, I'll condense it for you:

        As long or short as needed. Problem when boring. Listen all day to some, watch watch with others. On forum, skip if bored.
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        • Profile picture of the author myob
          Originally Posted by Dan C. Rinnert View Post

          Here, I'll condense it for you:

          As long or short as needed. Problem when boring. Listen all day to some, watch watch with others. On forum, skip if bored.
          That's still way too long.

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          • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
            Originally Posted by myob View Post

            That's still way too long.
            How about this then?

            if (- or --) ≠ zzz then (- or --) = +
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            • Profile picture of the author myob
              Originally Posted by Dan C. Rinnert View Post

              How about this then?

              if (- or --) ≠ zzz then (- or --) = +
              ≠ zzz !!.....................
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  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
    Originally Posted by JustinBrooke View Post

    Ever meet someone at a party or seminar who seems
    to just talk and talk and talk? Full of info but not really
    a blast to hang out with?

    Isn't a forum kind of like a house party?

    Would you want to be "that guy" at a house party?

    I don't speak for everyone but I know the best forum
    posts for me are the ones that are short, meaningful,
    and highly relevant to me.
    Geez this post was long winded! I was wondering if you were ever gonna shut up!






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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Dan pretty much said what I was going to say. I would only add that the value of a post is entirely subjective. Your subjectivity works for you, but often isn't relevant to anyone else.
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  • Profile picture of the author CDawson
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    As long as you are providing content that people on the forums will read, then it really doesn't matter how long your posts are, it's all about the content.
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  • Profile picture of the author BloggingPro
    I don't particularly care for long posts, but more like medium-sized ones LOL. It's just my personal tastes. To say that a long post will hurt your forum marketing practices negatively does seem a but premature, as many probably benefit greatly from making long, information filled posts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Syamsul Alam
    It's not about long or short... It's about how you present it IMHO...

    Everybody must know one or two people who can attract others (girls usually) by nice story telling. He express his thought by well presented story, and even if you listen him for hours, you won't get bored, or even ask for more...

    It's all about how you present it.

    Present it wrong way, your short post will look like garbage.

    Present it in right way, even if you repeat what others say, with your funny twist, people will love you...

    But you are right about people who talk and talk without even knowing what he just said. That is not good.

    Cheers...
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  • Profile picture of the author WD Mino
    I think really it depends on what the person is speaking about.

    I have been known to write some long responses. Not interested? Then it is not you that is being targeted. so skip it.
    Is there an actual point to complaining about how people speak? :confused:

    I personally would not read a post if the person was talking through their hat. But. When people who actually have something to say that is going to benefit me paying attention.guess what I read it.
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